Charoenkrung was one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares up until the early 20th Century, when trade and traffic still depended on the river.
Capella Bangkok’s head Thai chef, Wichian Trirattanavatin, was born in Charoenkrung, which makes him the perfect person to showcase the gastronomy of this diverse district.
Chef Lek, as he is better known, has a lifelong connection with the neighbourhood; as a child he toured the area’s bustling markets and hole in the wall restaurants with his father, who worked as a chef in the area for 40 years.
Many of the street food stalls and shophouse restaurants he frequented as a boy are still here today often run by the same people and he still pays them regular visits on his trusty scooter.
The sights, the sounds, the smells and above all the moments that make this place truly special Chef Lek said.